What a week it's been.
On Monday, during his weekly press conference, Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid previewed what is about to take place tomorrow, the pivotal showdown with the Denver Broncos, for rights to first place in the AFC West.
"It should be a great atmosphere," coach Reid said. "You have two teams that are 9-2, same division, that’s what it’s all about."
Fast forward to Friday, when coach Reid described the task that stands in front of his team.
"We’re looking forward to the challenge of playing Denver," coach Reid said. "They’re a heck of a football team, and it will be a great atmosphere. We sure welcome them into Arrowhead, with our fans. Our fans will be on their ‘A’ game and welcome them in with open arms, and we’ll go from there.”
The Chiefs hold a 56-51 (.523) all-time advantage over Denver in their 107 previous meetings (106 regular season, one postseason). Both clubs have split their season series eight of the last 10 seasons, while Kansas City owns a 24-16 (.600) advantage against Denver at Arrowhead Stadium.
Coach Reid described the role Chiefs fans can play in Sunday's contest.
"When the Bronco offense is out there, just keep being you," coach Reid said in a message to Chiefs Kingdom. "Loud, loud, loud; it is a factor, an absolute factor."
Speaking of factors on the field, while the team will be without Pro Bowl LB
"Let me say one thing," Hali said. "When we can get our stadium to be as loud as a couple weeks ago, they were loud last week as well, as long as they're that loud, it's going to be hard for the Broncos to triple-count, because their linemen won't be able to hear anything, same thing for the wide receivers; things become slower on the offensive side and that helps us, so we can execute."
As for the on-field must-dos, Chiefs Pro Bowl LB
"Play better defense," DJ said. "I just speak from the defensive side of the ball, make the plays we're supposed to make, challenge them more. They have great players on the offense, so we have to get to Peyton as much as we can to disrupt them as best as possible."
Playing in front of DJ and the Chiefs LBs is a defensive line that includes
"Collectively, we're going to try to do a better job of getting after Peyton Manning," Jackson said. "Getting him off his spot a little bit more and force him into some bad passes, whether it be sacks, hits, knockdowns, whatever it may be; we're just going to try to affect him more this game."
Another vital role for the Chiefs defense is its secondary, including S
"We've put the last two weeks behind us," Lewis said. "We've worked so hard, through the week, to correct the mistakes we've made last week and the past week; so, our mindset is to go out there and play team ball, get back to playing great, complimentary football and being physical with their talented receivers, challenging them, competing every down, snap in and snap out. We have to compete full-time and make them have to make awesome plays and be in their face, playing hard-nosed football."
Joining Lewis in the Chiefs secondary is CB
"They're talented," Flowers said. "We know the Broncos. We just have to go out there and play our A-game. If we have opportunities to turn the ball over, we have to do that and we have to get in the end zone against this kind of offense. They're very powerful; that's why they're the number one offense in the league."
While the Chiefs defense wants to put points on the board, so does the team's offense, led by QB
Helping Smith on offense is Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, who highlighted some of what the team learned in Week 12, that could help the Chiefs on Sunday.
In order for Alex to again be enabled to deliver the football, he’ll need strong protection up-front; Chiefs OL
“Win your battles, win your one-on-ones,” Allen said. “Run the ball well and stay in front of the chains, which starts with running the ball and just protect Alex. You can't get behind the chains with a group like Denver that has great pass rushers, great guys on the edge and inside; so, you have to stay ahead of the chains and when you get in predictable situations, you have to take advantage.”
Establishing the run game with Pro Bowl RB
"We have to be able to win our individual matchups and do so quickly, because they have great pass rushers, so, we have to win quickly," Jenkins said.
"Every week is big," McGrath said. "These games are so close and we don't take any of them for granted. It's a big-boy game and we have to play as such and come out and be real physical with them."
In the third and equally-important phase of Sunday's contest, the Chiefs special teams unit remains prepared for the dual threat of Broncos WR/return specialist Trindon Holliday.
"We have a big challenge, with Trindon, coming in this week," Succop said. "They do a great job with their kickoff returns. We really want to try to control him and kick well and hopefully, our guys will continue to cover the way they have been; they've been doing a great job, so, we'll just continue to stick to that."
The prep work is all but accomplished as we near the 3:25 PM CT kickoff on Sunday, followed three-some-odd hours later, when Chiefs fans hope their favorite team finds itself victorious and in sole possession of first place in the AFC West.
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